Notes in September 2020

In reading about writing, I’ve been reading Nnedi Okorafor’s Broken Places & Outer Spaces (2019).

In writing about writing, I’m working on an essay about the quality of Rachel Carson’s crafting, which is often over-looked amid the deserved acclaim for her landmark 1962 work, Silent Spring.

In reading about reading, I’ve been dipping into an old favourite, Anne Fadiman’s collection of essays, Ex Libris (1998).

And, in writing about reading, I’m working on an article which will be published in November to coincide with the reprint of Betty Smith’s second novel, Tomorrow Will Be Better (1948), about Smith’s willingness to examine the lives of the working-class in an era when stories about poverty were frowned upon.

Yes, autumn had surely come when the hot chestnut man appeared – no matter what the weather said to the contrary.
Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

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